The weekly gold fish races at a Tacoma, Washington bar have been canceled after it received complaints from animal rights activists. Gold Fish Racing is an American Pub Sport that is played by using two troughs filled with water. The gold fish are started at one end and prodded along with water squirted from squeeze bottles.
Only gold fish, after properly being drug tested, by the American Gold Fish racing Association, and whose pedigree has been established by papers on file with that association, are allowed to be raced. Gold fish have been specifically bred for racing, in the United States. for over two hundred years.
OK! I made that last bit up, lol. But the canceled races are real. Another American institution washed down the drain, as I am sure the gold fish were post cancellation, by animal rights activists that care more for the life of a gold fish than they do for human life.
I say that with tongue in cheek but one gets that feeling when the replacement for Gold fish racing is Beer Pong.
Beer pong, also known as Beirut, is a drinking game in which players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in a cup of beer water on the other end. The game typically consists of two two-to-four-player teams and multiple cups set up, in triangle formation, on each side. There are no official rules, so rules may vary widely, though usually there are six or ten plastic cups arranged in a triangle on each side. Each side then takes turns attempting to shoot ping pong balls into the opponent's cups. If a ball lands in a cup, then the contents of that cup are consumed, and the cup is either placed aside or reinserted into the triangle. If the cup is reinserted and the other team knocks the cup over, it is removed. If the opposing team throws the ball into an empty cup, they must consume the contents of one of their cups. The first side to eliminate all of the opponent's cups is the winner. ~~Wikkipedia.
So a game that was developed as a drinking game, and honed to a fine edge on the college campus and in bars looking to increase beer sales; has replaced Gold Fish Racing. I will admit that the gold fish were being abused. Especially when they were working without a contract and their compensation was ridiculously low considering that were participating on a contact sport. But where is the balance here? I believe even the gold fish would be appalled at the loss of human life caused by them being banned from racing. Plus, with the decreased sales of gold fish, now that racing is banned, so many more gold fish never make it out of the Wal-Mart's pet department. Now that is a cruelty laid upon these innocent athletes in waiting.
Look at this guy! Do you want him driving around drunk after a night of heated beer pong matches. I think not!!
If you insist on participating in beer pong matches please make sure that they are fully sanctioned by the National Beer Pong League. Yes kiddies there is such a thing. Who knew?
Finally, always drink responsibly. Play by the rules. Have fun. And PLEASE do not drive drunk!!
A quote from a Beer Aficionado and all around World Renowned Humanitarian;;
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed - Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
~~Deep Thought, Jack Handey
Oh Yeah!! I want Jack on my beer pong team!!